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Research Award

The Research Award is given for developing a research line that significantly contributes to novelty of the research at the Faculty of Science. The award holder will receive a diploma and a prize of 250.000 SEK for research.

Research Award 2019: Christine Bacon

Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Christine Bacon’s research advances our understanding of plant systematics and its evolution by demonstrating macroevolutionary patterns in the diversity of species in tropical rainforests. Systematic biology and research into biodiversity will continue to be a driving force in finding solutions to the mass extinction of species, which requires knowledge on many levels, including ecosystems, diversity of species and genetic variation.

Christine Bacon’s research aims to categorise the status of the threat to species and enable their protection through national and international legislation, and is thus of global benefit for conservation biology.

She is developing and integrating automated tools for conservation analyses through robust new molecular methods. As such, Christine Bacon has contributed to the vitality into biodiversity research at the University of Gothenburg."

 

2018
Anna Godhe
Department of Marine Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Anna Godhe is a marine ecologist with specific expertise and research interests in the molecular ecology of phytoplankton. Her pioneering research brings together conventional disciplines in widely differing research projects, together with national and international colleagues from vastly differing disciplines.

Anna Godhe has discovered and uses a system where she can revive diatoms to life from sediment that is several hundreds of years old. This makes it possible to study both currently living and very old individuals of the same species from the same place and to compare them to discover how the environment and climate have impacted them. Anna Godhe has created a dynamic and successful research environment around this approach.

 

2017
Rebecka Jörnsten
Department of Mathematics

Motivation for the award:

Rebecka Jörnsten is a biostatistician who works across the entire field from basic statistical theory and method development to applications in close collaboration with medical scientists and biologists. She deserves much of the credit for introducing the new big data paradigm in the previously more traditionally-oriented mathematical statistics environment in Gothenburg. In this way she has had a crucial vitalizing effect on this research environment.

She has made significant contributions to the theory of large scale modeling, dimensional reduction, variable selection and network methodology, as well as to applications in bioinformatics, cancer research and systems biology.

 

2016
Orsola Tommasi
Department of Mathematics 

Motivation for the award:

Orsola Tommasi works in the field of algebraic geometry and specialises in the study of so-called moduli spaces. She has made relevant and well-recognised contributions in a research field of central importance in modern number theory and theoretical physics.

By providing counterexamples to fundamental assumptions, her research stretches the frontier to the unknown within mathematical theory. In this way she has established herself as a first-class mathematician. Orsola Tommasi is outgoing, has broad interests and contributes through her knowledge to fruitful collaborations and the development of research in her own and adjacent fields.

 

2015
Alexandre Antonelli
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Alexandre Antonelli is a leading researcher who has built up a new interdisciplinary research area at the Faculty of Science: Evolutionary biogeography. He has quickly established a strong and creative platform through his broad networks and international recruitments, where he combines advanced technology, large amounts of data and development of methodology.

The result is excellent publications, prestigious grants and visibility in the media. Alexandre Antonelli combines the ability to collaborate and inspire with innovative research of the highest quality in a very impressive way.

 

2014
Sam Dupont
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Sam Dupont is a leading researcher in a very urgent research area: how marine species and ecosystems are affected by global warming and ocean acidification caused by high carbon dioxide levels. With independence, accuracy, integrity and excellence, he has contributed to basic understanding of these complex issues.

He has also renewed the laboratory operations at Kristineberg by developing the Ocean acidification laboratory.

 

2013
Sofia Thorsson
Department of Earth Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Sofia Thorsson's research on urban climate contributes to renewal within the Faculty of Science. This is especially true in her close collaboration with psychologists, medical practitioners and logistics, which has given knowledge about links between weather, well-being, health and mobility.

Sofia is a great research leader – she is innovative and successful in collaborations within and outside the academy and has an excellent ability to receive external funding in fierce competition.

 

2012
Göran Hilmersson
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2011
Johan Åkerman
Department of Physics

2010
Richard Neutze
Department of Chemistry

2009
Hans Linderholm
Department of Earth Sciences

2008
Henrik Pavia
Department of Marine ecology

 

Doctoral Thesis Award

This award is given for successful and novel research that has been presented in a well written thesis. The award holder will receive a diploma and a prize.

Doctoral Thesis Award 2019: Hanna Thomsen

Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2018
Kristina Linscott
Department of Conservation

2017
Afshin Houshang
Department of Physics

2016
Jonas Einarsson
Department of Physics

2015
Ezio Iacocca
Department of Physics

2014
Linda Johansson
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2013
Swantje Enge
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

2012
Gustav Sonne
Department of Physics

2011
Aron Hakonen
Department of Chemistry

2010
Anders Lennartsson
Department of Chemistry

The Pedagogical Award

The Faculty of Science’s Pedagogical Award is awarded annually to focus attention on good efforts within education. The award consists of a SEK 100.000 operational contribution.

After 2012 The Pedagogical Award transformed from being an Award for the entire university to be an Award at each Faculty.

Awardees Pedagogical Award 2019: Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander

Department of Physics

Motivation for the award:

Taking a pedagogical perspective, Stellan Östlund and Hampus Linander have developed software that supports students’ understanding and provides rapid feedback that drives the learning process forward.

The software prompts the students to become learning resources for each other, as discussions and troubleshooting are part of what the program offers. It also encourages the students to adopt a more active way of working. Furthermore, it supports lecturers so that they can give rapid feedback on assignments and more clearly measure the progress of students as the course continues.

The software has been developed in open-source code to allow both university lecturers and upper secondary school teachers to use, modify and disseminate the program. It has been used very successfully on a number of courses, including the Physics Programme, the Medical Physics Programme and in Teacher Education Programmes at the University of Gothenburg, and Engineering Physics at Chalmers University of Technology.

The course directors, calculation exercise instructors and students who have worked with the software feel that it has made a very positive contribution to learning and understanding the course material.

2018

Kristina Luthman
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

Motivation for the award:

Professor Kristina Luthman has had a significant role in establishing medicinal chemistry in Gothenburg. Luthman has also contributed to ensuring dermatochemistry began as a subject at the University of Gothenburg.

With a leading medicinal chemistry programme at the university, the pharmacy and prescriptionist programmes were established as important professional programmes. Through her dedicated work in several significant working groups and committees, Luthman has had a major influence in how both these programmes have been designed since their start, which is also true for courses in organic chemistry.

Today, Luthman is a leading medicinal chemist in Europe and she has maintained a large amount of research activities over many years. In addition, in Luthman we see a very appreciated teacher, by both students and colleagues, who has shown great professionality in how she tackles her mission within undergraduate education. With a student-focused approach, she has created a balance of requirements and fairness, contributed with important expertise and eagerly driven development of her subject for the benefit of many programmes at the University of Gothenburg.

2017

Michael Axelsson
Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences

Motivation for the award:

Michael Axelsson was awarded the Faculty of Science’s Pedagogical Award for his long-standing efforts as a pioneer, trendsetter and driving force for IT-based teaching in biology at the University of Gothenburg.

Since 1998, Michael has developed his own, the entire department’s and later the faculty’s and university’s understanding of IT-based education. Michael uses a wide-ranging of interactive IT-based teaching and, early on, he began using recorded material in his instruction. Michael has also built up an ALC room at the department and is pushing to spread its use with colleagues.

2016

Gunnar Almevik
Department of Conservation

2015

Kerstin Wiklander
Department of Mathematics

2014

Anne Farewell
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology

2013

There was no award in 2013.

2012

Maria Sundin
Department of Physics

Received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award 2012.

2005

Anne Farewell
Department of Chemistry and Molecular Biology
Received Gothenburg University's Pedagogical Award 2005.